It is important to remember that talking to someone about gambling harm can be a triggering experience and it is important that the person feels heard, supported and valued.

Talking about gambling indirectly can be a great way to bridge this perception gap.  People might be using gambling to deal with difficult emotions, so if you can think of ways to introduce gambling to the conversation through other topics you might be able to help the individual in a comfortable and supportive way.

There is no pressure for anyone to discuss these topics. If people don't want to talk about their gambling, they don’t have to. Everyone is on their own journey and providing people with resources and education in a non-judgmental way is a great way to reduce stigma around gambling harm and may encourage further conversations in the future.

Have you thought about using the Gambling Triangle activity? It encourages practical reflection on how to reduce gambling, by examining money, time and access to gambling. You can find this here.